August 22, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (2nd Legs)

UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the second legs of Europa League's Play-off Round on 25 August 2016.

25 August 2016

Baku, 18:30 CET
Qarabağ FK (AZE) - IFK Göteborg (SWE) 
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin  (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Johny  Vanspauwen (BEL)

Liberec, 19:00 CET
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) - AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) 
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)  
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

Zürich, 19:00 CET
Grasshopper Club Zürich (SUI) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) 
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED) 
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)  
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

Brøndby, 19:00 CET
Brøndby IF (DEN) - Panathinaikos FC (GRE) 
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kuehr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schuettengruber (AUT) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

Trondheim, 19:00 CET
Rosenborg BK (NOR) - FK Austria Wien (AUT) 
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG) 
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: István  Huszár (HUN)

Elbasan, 19:30 CET
FK Partizani (ALB) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Albert Ospelt (LIE)

Brussels, 20:00 CET
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)  
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)

Prague, 20:00 CET
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) - SønderjyskE (DEN)
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir  Hákonarson (ISL)

Thessaloniki, 20:00 CET
PAOK FC (GRE) - FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1:  Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)

Skopje, 20:00 CET
KF Shkëndija (MKD) - KAA Gent (BEL)
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Borisov, 20:00 CET
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) - FC Astana (KAZ) 
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Jeanne (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandre Viala (FRA)
Fourth Official: Mikaël Lesage (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)

Alkmaar, 20:00 CET
AZ Alkmaar (NED) - FK Vojvodina (SRB)
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER) 
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kampka (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)

Genk, 20:00 CET
KRC Genk (BEL) - NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO) 
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Ankara, 20:00 CET
Osmanlıspor A.Ş (TUR) - FC Midtjylland (DEN) 
Referee: Ievgenii  Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr  Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL)

Maribor, 20:15 CET
NK Maribor (SVN) - Qäbälä FK (AZE)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György  Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Chris Bonett (MLT)

Split, 20:30 CET
HNK Hajduk Split (CRO) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER) 
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Brand (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

Belgrade, 20:30 CET
FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB) - US Sassuolo Calcio (ITA)
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

Saint-Étienne, 20:45 CET
AS Saint-Étienne (FRA) - Beitar Jerusalem FC (ISR) 
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN) 
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazović (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Piraeus, 20:45 CET
Olympiacos FC (GRE) - FC Arouca (POR) 
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS) 
Fourth Official: Sergei Ivanov (RUS) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)

London, 20:45 CET
West Ham United FC (ENG) - FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU)
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER) 
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Aristeidis Stavropoulos (GRE)

Lviv, 21:00 CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) - İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) 
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK) 
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralovic (SVK) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

Vienna, 21:00 CET
SK Rapid Wien (AUT) - AS Trenčín (SVK) 
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski  (MKD) 
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official:  Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN) 


  1. Some observers were switched, including the one in Atkison's game.
    However, given the fact that Atkinson is available and he can be appointed, I really don't understand Marriner in Champions League.

  2. Interesting match for Makkelie, with an important observer.

    I have to say that I would have switched Atkinson and Thomson, and Borbolan/Marriner.

  3. Friendly
    Turkey - Russia
    Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Jure Praprotnik (SVN) - Robert Vukan (SVN)
    Alper Ulusoy (TUR)

  4. @Chefren
    Why on earth is Viktor Kassai given an EL playoff instead of a CL playoff!!! I'm incredibly surprised by Viktor's appointment rather than Atkinson!!!

  5. @Soham...Maribor, where the match is going to take place, is quite close to the Hungarian border..maybe he's having another match at the weekend or there is another reason why Kassai is appointed to the match in the proximity of his home country, so he doesn't have to travel far away.

    1. no he dont match at weekend. the next round in Hungary at 10 September.

  6. But one of the most experienced and highly rated referee like Kassai should be having a CL playoff... Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Eriksson, Kuipers, Skomina, Brych all had CL playoffs then what's the logic in leaving Kassai out... Honestly speaking, sending Viktor for an EL playoff instead of a CL playoff hardly makes any sense to me!!!

    1. ...after a brilliant EURO 16

    2. You act as if it's a crime against humanity that Kassai didn't get a match. There is so much Champions League yet to be played and you're losing your marbles over a single match day? It's genius for those on the committee to watch new talents perform. Eventually Kassai and others will retire and the new batch will take over. But in order for them to be ready they must get assignments.

    3. After a very good Euro, when Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Eriksson, Kuipers, Brych, Skomina have all got appointments, I don't think Kassai should've been singled out... It's entirely my opinion and I stick to it...If performance was the criteria then no way he could be left out from this round so there are other reasons... Obviously I feel it this way... Not necessarily everyone needs to agree with me but I am obviously of the opinion that it is a bit strange and illogical to leave Kassai out of this round!!!

    4. Soham, you could relax a bit. No need to yell with all those !!! Kassai is going to be the biggest star in Maribor. Looking forward to it :)

    5. No yelling!! Just shared my opinion... I'm sure he is in line for important matches in CL group stage and knockout stage and who knows he may also be a firm favourite for the Europa League Final this season in Solna!!!

    6. Soham, it would be really nice if you could use the exclamation marks, i.e."!!!" less frequently. Of course you can express your opinion on a topic or emphasize some issues, we read them anyway, but using 2 or 3 exclamation marks in almost every sentence is not really necessary :-). Referring to Kassai's appointment I agree with Sale's statement that we are looking forward to seeing him in Maribor on Thursday.

    7. @Andreja
      Ok sure... Will definitely see to that... Thanks for pointing out... Generally I put in dots or exclamation marks more often to separate the sentences...but from now on I'll stick to the dots more often than exclamation marks... Thanks for letting me know... I would like to tell Everyone that adding exclamation marks wasn't meant to demean's just my style of writing so I sincerely apologise if I've hurt anyone... No intentions to be hurtful or rude towards anyone, we are all like a family here... Please dont misunderstand me... Thanks again Andreja for telling me what I can do better... Any suggestions for improvement are always welcome and much appreciated... 😃

    8. Soham, apology accepted 👍😉😃

    9. If you don't mind can you please tell me why the exclamation marks are being considered offensive? I honestly didn't know about that and that's why I thought about asking you about it.. Can you please tell me? 😃 😃

    10. Exclamation marks are not really offensive but lose the meaning when overused 😃.They are normally used when you want to emphasize something in a sentence. E.g. What a wild match between Roma and Porto right now! 😉

    11. Ok I got you... Will definitely follow that... Thanks!
      The match was going fine...Then the red card for SFP came (absolutely correct decision by Marciniak in my opinion) and now the match is getting heated! A big challenge awaits Marciniak during the 2nd half... There will be pressure from Roma fans... Marciniak will be tested but I firmly believe he will do well just like he has been pretty decent during the 1st half...

  7. I wanted an experienced referee in Denmark for Brondby - Panathinaikos. After the behaviour shown by the Danish side on the first match and their inflammatory statements all week long, I trully believe that even an Elite referee was needed there. I do wish that Drachta will not be influenced by the home crowd and to have a good performance.

    1. Drachta's appointment in front of this rather important observer is indeed remarkable. Hans Reijgwart also observed compatriot Schörgenhofer at Plzeň - Barcelona almost four years ago when Schörgenhofer was demoted after some crucial mistakes instead of being promoted to the Elite category. Drachta acted as additional assistant referee during that game and was put on ice after he, too, wrongly evaluated the critical scene. In my personal opinion, Drachte is the best out of Austria's three First Class referees and his current assistant referees also appointable for more challenging matches.

    2. In Austria I like Lechner more than Drachta, on the international stage it seems as if Drachta is ahead. I even fear a demotion of Lechner when Harkam is ready for his next promotion and Schörgenhofer has still some years...

    3. First of all: Schörgenhofer/Drachta handled Plzeň - Barcelona almost FIVE instead of FOUR years ago as a mentioned above. I would regard both assessors, Hans Reijgwart (Drachta) und Nuno Castro (Lechner), rather important. Maybe these two Austrians shall be observed by them with regard to EURO 2020 considerations. Unfortunately, Drachta stagnated after the incident in the Czech Republic and also Lechner did not fully convince UEFA. I expected Harkam to be promoted to the First Group after his semi-final appointment during the U-17 tournament two years ago but then Drachta appeared "from nowhere". I fear that UEFA will focus on Drachta and Lechner with Harkam remaining in the Second Group.

    4. I'm not so sure if UEFA will really focus on Lechner too. Regarding his last appointments I had the feeling they won't. For Drachta it's a little bit differentely, his last appointments were really promising.

    5. Just an update: Lechner's match was very easy and he was rarely detected. He whistled a correct penalty and that is pretty much all.

      Drachta did good in a hot stadium. Most of his calls were good even though he seemed to whistle a little more in favor of the Danish side. However not big calls to make.

  8. Maybe punishment for Kassai because of his job as FO in the Euro final? Big surprise for me.

  9. Big match for Tobias Stieler as well. Of course not with regard to the first leg result, but with Snoddy as observer, this definitely means something. Within Germany's Bundesliga, he has established among the top3 last season (only Brych and Zwayer were given more continuously important matches) and it is actually only a question of time when Zwayer and Stieler complete the Elite Group at Brych's (and Aytekin's ?) side.

    1. Yes i agree, Tobias is for sure on the right way. Also to mention the work of Snoddy in Cyprus is I hear correct and strong and more stability now for refereeing in this difficult region.

  10. Big match in my opinion for Bebek.This will be his 2nd match after Braga catastrophy and to me,he can't afford to make big and crucial mistake (s) if he wants to come back to were he was.His last match(beetwen Trnava and Austria Vienna)was pretty good, there was no talking about him after the match and thats a good thing for ref.

    This match will be challenging for him because both teams have legitimate chance to go to group phase and they play aggresive style of football, in their first match 10 cards were shown and Bebek is a ref who gives cards easily.

    1. That's not fully correct. His match between Sparta Trnava and Austria Vienna was quite challenging including a lot of controversial situations (and decisions). Actually there was a lot of talk about the referee team and his performance was not faultless too.

  11. Bebek had to retreat,he had a lot of catastrophic match.

  12. BTW about the appointments, we must remember that they were made during / after the course in Nyon for Elite and Category 1 referees. All officials had written and physical tests, we can't know but it is also possible that Atkinson and Kassai, among others, missed something... and on the other side Gil and Marriner impressed the committee in a way :)

    1. @Chefren
      If we go by that, then does it indicate that Kuipers, Brych , Marciniak and Eriksson impressed the most? Clearly these 4 are given the best clashes of the round!!!
      Even Clattenburg was given a low profile match... Might be the result of a not so impressive Euro final and that poor handball call in the end!!! I'm sure Collina will be making the group stage appointments very interesting!!!

    2. Well about Clattenburg and the low profile game. I'm not sure.
      I would consider all Champions League play off games on the same level.
      Please remember how much for a team, even more if from a "minor" league, it is important to gain the access to group stage. So, I think Ludogorets - Plzen was a normal appointment for the English referee. The real difference is between a CL playoff and an EL play off.
      In addition, if you exclude Villarreal - Monaco and Porto - Roma, all the other 8 ties are for me almost at the same level, in terms of attraction.
      So, if you have only 2 sonorous ties and you have more than 20 Elite referees, it is in my opinion normal to make choices. Brych, Eriksson, Kuipers and Marciniak got the most interesting (always on the paper, of course) games, but it could have easily gone the other way around.

    3. @Chefren
      I definitely agree with whatever you said... I was actually referring to the profile of matches in terms of attraction and sonorous nature of course on paper only... Moreover Clattenburg did two major finals this year so he can get a little bit of the low pressure matches early on... After all every referee should have the correct balance in his appointments... Coming to Brych, Eriksson, Kuipers and Marciniak, the fact that they are chosen for the comparatively more sonorous ties probably suggests that they're doing things more right than wrong and are expectedly rated highly by the committee!!! I also agree with you about the difference between CL and EL playoff that's why I was a touch surprised that Viktor was sent for an EL playoff after a very good Euro and it seemed strange because all the other referees who were involved QF onwards all have CL ties... The group stage appointments will be pretty interesting I have a feeling...

  13. Wrong penalty call by Martin Atkinson (“handball“).

  14. Gräfe showed strong management skills in dealing with over-motivated Reid (WHU). His assessment of foul play (especially slide tackles) is very consistent. Calleri (WHU) shouted for penalty in the 19th minute and he had a point as he was pulled for a shirt. Difficult to see. I would not call the no whistle a CLEAR crucial mistake. Pickel with one missed offside leading to a goal scoring opportunity.

    1. A very tense second half for German referee. WHU dominated their opponents but did not score any goal and have been eliminated from the competition. Astra players wasted much time, goalkeeper was finally booked for 'celebrating' goal kick executions, but I think more could have been done by the referee - if not more yellow cards, some strong verbal warnings (for throw-ins executions, the last warning to the keeper, etc.) would have been a good tactic.

      Two penalty appeals were rightly turned away by Gräfe:
      49' Astra player exaggerates a small touch
      69' WHU player falls down but after a fair body challenge

      There were some rough challenges in the second half: undeliberate(?) kick in the Astra player's knee (54'), Collins' elbow (90'), Valencia's very reckless kick in the leg (90+1') and Byram's slide tackle (90+2'). The three last fouls of frustrated WHU players were rightly and consistently sanctioned with yellow cards.

      Gräfe was very composed, calm and unobtrusive. He was often saying 'calm down, calm down' to players who exuberantly questioned his decisions. The tense atmosphere did not make him even a tad more pressurized.

      Well done!

    2. Manuel Gräfe is one excellent referee unjustly considered by

  15. Very interesting red card by Jug in Saint Etienne - Beitar Jerusalem:
    Keeper from home team was sent off, following an attempt of violent conduct. I think that Jug was right, hitting or trying to hit the opponent in a violent manner is the same, according to LotG. Very particular case, people may perceive this situation as simulation by attacker and absolutely wrong call, but in my opinion referee was right.

    1. One question... maybe a bit stupid...
      If the ball still was "in play", why Jug didn't award a PK?

  16. Kassai with a very tense match in Maribor, several YCs, a straight RC and the score was open to any result until the last minute (97'), in case of goal, Maribor would have qualified. It would be nice to know how he performed, however a game in which an important referee was needed...

    1. I was watching with one eye only, but I've seen a good Kassai. Red card spot on, always in control, important decisions correct. The only objection I have is regarding dealing with time wasting of the guest team - very tolerant.

    2. I agree with Sale's description; the first half was really an easy one, the second a little bit more demanding but in general Kassai was great....see the situation (issue of RC to Gabala's player Weeks from 7:40 to 8:14)
      And a funny part of the match begins at 8:14 when the sprinkler was turned on a field and the players received some refreshing shower during the match.. :-)

    3. I think correct RC. The hitting point on the opponent is hidden to camera, but I guess that it was very painful with studs up...
      There was also a ghost goal situation (08:45), correct decision to play on.

  17. Looks like Bebek's matches can't go without a controversial calls(penalty, red card in this case)...

    1. Which one is problematic or controversial call for you?? Clear pushing or clear violent conduct (elbowing)?

    2. I didn't say that his call were problematic or that his calls were wrong, what im trying to say is that almost every his match finishes with some big decisions like giving red card or penalty...

      If he had a good match, then I'm happy for him, that means that he is motivated to come back to were he was , especially after disaster in Braga.

  18. Aleksandar Stavrev with a good performance around 8.2-8.3, well done including a correct 2nd YC. Unfortunately both assistant referees were below the expected level, on the one hand some mistakes (especially concerning (clear) out decisions), on the other hand lacks in positioning and self-presentation.

  19. Chapron sent off the wrong player for BATE. VC by #20, the captain. On advice of his 4th, he gave it to #17 instead.

      Indeed, it looks like there was some confusion.

  20. Starting from 0'58'' you can see Atkinson's crucial mistake here:

    1. Yes, the touch was by head, but believe me I needed many replays to be sure, the arm in that position is absolutely deceiving and the mistake made can be easily explained!

    2. For me it is a foul on the defender immediately before.

  21. Hello. Appointments for friendly match? Thanks!


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